Word of the Week Wednesday: homely


This Wednesday”s Word of the Week is: homely.

As a counterpoint to last weeks word, lovely, I’ve decided to explore an antonym.

Homely is an interesting word because can mean drastically different things depending on which side of the pond you’re on.

At base, homely means unadorned or plain.

Here in the U.S., it tends to mean lacking in beauty, just this side of ugly.

In the U.K., however, it tends to have a more pleasant connotation.  There, it tends to mean unpretentious or domestic, akin to homey in the U.S.

 

 

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About Dan Kingsepp, ACS, ALS
I'm starting this blog to share my thought on the use of the English language and my experiences as a Toastmaster.

One Response to Word of the Week Wednesday: homely

  1. Pingback: Word of the Week Wednesday: haimish « On Language

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